Processing, Fabrication, & Manufacturing

Sungmee Park

Principal Research Scientist

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David Safranski

Director of Basic Research MedShape, Inc.

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David L. Safranski is the Director of Basic Research at MedShape, Inc., an Atlanta-based orthopaedic device company. Dr. Safranski received his Ph.D. in 2010 from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech, where his work focused on understanding the thermo-mechanical properties of biodegradable polymers for medical applications.

Blair Brettmann

Assistant Professor

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MoSE 3100P

Blair Brettmann received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She received her Master's in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 2009 following internships at GlaxoSmithKline (Upper Merion, PA) and Mawana Sugar Works (Mawana, India).

Blair received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT in 2012 working with the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing under Prof. Bernhardt Trout. Her research focused on solid-state characterization and application of pharmaceutical formulations prepared by electrospinning.

Molecular Engineering for Integrated Product Development

Blair’s current research interests focus on developing technologies that enable multicomponent, rapidly customizable product design, with a specific focus on polymer systems. Mass customization of manufactured material goods presents significant technical challenges, but could yield significant rewards, similar to advances in “just in time” logistics and on-demand consumer services. Substantial challenges in engineering and design, extending from the complexity of multicomponent functional materials and the difficulty in applying scientific principles to these complex systems, slow material product development. Her research group designs and studies new processing and characterization technologies using both experiments and theory, focusing on linking molecular to micron scale phenomena in complex systems to product performance.

Primary Research Expertise and Interests:

Multifunctional composites, polymer processing, complex systems, pharmaceutical manufacturing, biomedical films and coatings, polymer physics, surface and interfacial science, molecular engineering, charged polymers

  1. "Lateral Structure Formation in Polyelectrolyte Brushes Induced by Multivalent Ions", Blair Brettmann, Philip Pincus, Matthew Tirrell - Macromolecules201750 (3), pp 1225–1235, DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02563
  2. "Comparing Solvophobic and Multivalent Induced Collapse in Polyelectrolyte Brushes", Nicholas E. Jackson, Blair K. Brettmann, Venkatram Vishwanath, Matthew Tirrell, and Juan J. de Pablo, ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6 (2), pp 155–160, DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.6b00837
  3. “Bulk and Nanoscale Polypeptide Based Polyelectrolyte Complexes,” A. Marciel, E. Chung, B. Brettmann, L. Leon, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, doi: 10.1016/j.cis.2016.06.012 (2016). 
  4. "Bridging contributions to polyelectrolyte brush collapse in multivalent salt solutions," Blair Kathryn Brettmann, Nicolas Laugel, Norman Hoffmann, Philip Pincus, Matthew Tirrell, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 54, 284-291 (2016). [PDF]
  5. "Templated Nucleation of Acetaminophen on Spherical Excipient Agglomerates," J.L Quon, K. Chadwick, G.P.F. Wood, I. Sheu, B.K. Brettmann, A.S. Myerson, B.L. Trout, Langmuir, 29, 3292-3300 (2013). [PDF]
  6. "Electrospun Formulations Containing Crystalline Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients," B.K. Brettmann, K. Cheng, A.S. Myerson, B.L. Trout, Pharmaceutical Research, 30, 238-246 (2013). [PDF]
  7. "Free Surface Electrospinning of Fibers Containing Microparticles," B.K. Brettmann, S. Tsang, K.M. Forward, G.C. Rutledge, A.S. Myerson, B.L. Trout, Langmuir, 28, 9714-9721 (2012). [PDF]
  8. "Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance study of the physical stability of electrospun drug and polymer solid solutions," B.K. Brettmann, A.S. Myerson, B.L. Trout, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 101, 2185-2193 (2012). [PDF]
  9. "Solid-state NMR characterization of high-loading solid solutions of API and excipients formed by electrospinning," B. Brettmann, E. Bell, A. Myerson, B. Trout, Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 101, 1538-1545 (2012). [PDF]
  10. "Effects of Test Methods on Crevice Corrosion Repassivation Potential Measurements of Alloy 22," X. He, B. Brettmann, H. Jung, Corrosion, 65, 449-460 (2009). [PDF]
  11. "Design of Potent Amorphous Drug Nanoparticles for Rapid Generation of Highly Supersaturated Media," M.E. Matteucci, B.K. Brettmann, T.L Rogers, E.J. Elder, R.O. Williams, K.P. Johnston, Molecular Pharmaceutics, 4, 782-793 (2007). [PDF]
  12. "Coating Materials and Low Haze Heat Rejection Composites," B. Brettmann, A.Mafoud-Familia, C.H. Lai, R. Moerkerke, M. Kamath, U.S. Patent Application, 14/572432(2015). [PDF]
  13. "Composite bearings having a polyimide matrix," N. Mekhilef, B. Czarnecka, J.H. Peet, E. Malefant, B.K. Brettmann, H. Teng, U.S. Patent Application, 14/586569(2015). [PDF]
  14. "Electroprocessing of active pharmaceutical ingredients," B.K. Brettmann, A.S. Myerson, B.L. Trout, U.S. Patent Application, 13/832812 (2013). [PDF]
  15. "Layer processing for pharmaceuticals," B.L. Trout, T.A. Hatton, E. Chang, J.M. Evans, S. Mascia, W. Kim, R.R. Slaughter, Y. Du, H.H. Dhamankar, K.M. Forward, G.C. Rutledge, M. Wang, A.S. Myerson, B.K. Brettmann, N. Padhye, J-H. Chun, U.S. Patent, 9.205,089 (2015). [PDF]


  1. "Layer processing for pharmaceuticals," B.L. Trout, T.A. Hatton, E. Chang, J.M. Evans, S. Mascia, W. Kim, R.R. Slaughter, Y. Du, H.H. Dhamankar, K.M. Forward, G.C. Rutledge, M. Wang, A.S. Myerson, B.K. Brettmann, N. Padhye, J-H. Chun, U.S. Patent , 9.205,089 (2015).

Josh Kacher

Assistant Professor

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Love Rm. 282

Josh Kacher joined Georgia Tech’s Materials Science and Engineering department as an assistant professor in Fall of 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. There, he worked in collaboration with General Motors to understand the Portevin-le Chatelier effect in Al-Mg and with the navy to develop novel rhenium-replacement alloys. His research approach centered on applying in situ TEM deformation to understand the influence of local chemistry on the behavior of defects such as dislocations and twins.

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Josh Kacher’s research group is interested in understanding the mechanical behavior of materials in extreme environments. This includes understanding material deformation and failure under common loading conditions and then observing how this behavior changes with additional environmental factors such as irradiation and liquid metal embrittlement. A common approach in his group is characterize deformation modes at the mesoscale using EBSD-based techniques and then find novel ways to recreate extreme environments in situ in the transmission electron microscope where defects and chemical processes can be observed directly. Current research focuses include fatigue crack initiation and growth, liquid metal embrittled, irradiation-induced embrittlement, and dislocation/grain boundary interactions in coarse and ultrafine-grained materials.

Matthew McDowell

Assistant Professor

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MRDC 4408

Dr. Matthew McDowell joined Georgia Tech in the fall of 2015 as an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Prior to this appointment, he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he performed research on improving the stability and efficiency of photoelectrochemical devices for the production of solar fuels. Dr. McDowell received his Ph.D.

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Representative Publications

  • M. T. McDowell, M. F. Lichterman, A. I. Carim, R. Liu, S. Hu, B. S. Brunschwig, N. S. Lewis “The Influence of Structure and Processing on the Behavior of TiO2 Protective Layers for Stabilization of n-Si/TiO2/Ni Photoanodes for Water Oxidation” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 17 June 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b00379
  • R. H. Coridan, A. C. Nielander, S. A. Francis, M. T. McDowell, V. Dix, S. M. Chatman, N. S. Lewis “Methods for Comparing the Performance of Energy-Conversion Systems for Use in Solar Fuels and Solar Electricity Generation” Energy & Environmental Science, 13 April 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5EE00777A.
  • M. T. McDowell, Z. Lu, K. J. Koski, J. H. Yu, G. Zheng, Y. Cui “In Situ Observation of Divergent Phase Transformations in Individual Sulfide Nanocrystals” Nano Letters, 20 January 2015, 15 (2) 1264-1271.
  • K. Sun, M. T. McDowell, A. C. Nielander, S. Hu, M. R. Shaner, F. Yang, B. S. Brunschwig, N. S. Lewis “Stable Solar-Driven Water Oxidation to O2(g) by Ni-Oxide Coated Silicon Photoanodes” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 19 January 2015, 6 (4) 592-598.
  • M. T. McDowell, M. F. Lichterman, J. M. Spurgeon, S. Hu, I. D. Sharp, B. S. Brunschwig, N. S. Lewis “Improved Stability of Polycrystalline Bismuth Vanadate Photoanodes by use of Dual-Layer Thin TiO2/Ni Coatings” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 7 August 2014, 118 (34) 19618-19624.
  • N. Liu, Z. Lu, J. Zhao, M. T. McDowell, H.-W. Lee, W. Zhao, Y. Cui “A pomegranate-inspired nanoscale design for large-volume change lithium battery anodes” Nature Nanotechnology, 16 February 2014, 9, 187-192.
  • C. Wang, H. Wu, Z. Chen, M. T. McDowell, Y. Cui, Z. Bao “Enabling Stable Operation for Silicon Microparticle Anodes for High-Energy Lithium Ion Batteries Using Self-Healing Chemistry” Nature Chemistry, 16 October 2013, 5, 1042-1048.
  • M. T. McDowell, S. W. Lee, W. D. Nix, Y. Cui “Understanding the Lithiation of Silicon and Other Alloying Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries” Advanced Materials, invited review for 25th anniversary special issue, 22 August 2013, 25 (36) 4966-4985.
  • M. T. McDowell, S. W. Lee, J. T. Harris, B. A. Korgel, C. M. Wang, W. D. Nix, Y. Cui “In-situ TEM of Two-Phase Lithiation of Amorphous Silicon Nanospheres” Nano Letters, 16 January 2013, 13 (2) 758-764.
  • M. T. McDowell, I. Ryu, S. W. Lee, C. M. Wang, W. D. Nix, Y. Cui “Studying the Kinetics of Crystalline Silicon Nanoparticle Lithiation with In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy” Advanced Materials4 September 2012, 24 (45) 6034-6041.
  • M. T. McDowell, S. W. Lee, C. M. Wang, Y. Cui “The Effect of Metallic Coatings and Crystallinity on the Volume Expansion of Silicon During Electrochemical Lithiation/Delithiation” Nano EnergyMay 2012, 1 (3) 401-410.
  • S. W. Lee, M. T. McDowell, L. A. Berla, W. D. Nix, Y. Cui “Fracture of Crystalline Silicon Nanopillars During Electrochemical Lithium Insertion” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 13 March 2012, 109 (11) 4080-4085.
  • C. D. Wessells, M. T. McDowell, S. V. Peddada, M. Pasta, R. A. Huggins, Y. Cui “Tunable Reaction Potentials in Open Framework Nanoparticle Battery Electrodes for Grid-Scale Energy Storage”ACS Nano 29 January 2012, 6 (2) 1688-1694.
  • M. T. McDowell, S.W. Lee, I. Ryu, W. D. Nix, J.W. Choi, Y. Cui “Novel Size and Surface Oxide Effects in Silicon Nanowires as Lithium Battery Anodes” Nano Letters 9 August 2011, 11 (9) 4018-4025.
  • M. T. McDowell, Y. Cui “Single Nanostructure Electrochemical Devices for Studying Electronic Properties and Structural Changes in Lithiated Si Nanowires.” Advanced Energy Materials 19 July 2011, 1 (5) 894-900.
  • Y. Yao, M. T. McDowell, I. Ryu, H. Wu, N. Liu, L. Hu, W. D. Nix, Y. Cui “Interconnected Silicon Hollow Nanospheres for Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes with Long Cycle Life.”Nano Letters 14 June 2011, 11 (7) 2949-2954.
  • S. W. Lee, M. T. McDowell, J.W. Choi, Y. Cui “Anomalous Shape Changes of Silicon Nanopillars by Electrochemical Lithiation.” Nano Letters 9 June 2011, 11 (7) 3034-3039.
  • Y. Yang, M. T. McDowell, A. Jackson, J.J.  Cha, S.S. Hong, Y. Cui “New Nanostructured Li2S/Si Rechargeable Battery with High Specific Energy” Nano Letters25 February 2010, 10 (4) 1486-1491.
  • M. T. McDowell, A. Leach, K. Gall “On the Elastic Modulus of Metallic Nanowires” Nano Letters23 October2008, 8 (11) 3613-3618.
  • M. T. McDowell, A. Leach, K. Gall “Bending and Tensile Deformation of Metallic Nanowires”Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering 8 April 2008,16, 045003.

Mark D. Losego

Assistant Professor

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Love 274

Dr. Mark Losego joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in 2014.  Dr. Losego received his B.S. in materials science and engineering from Penn State University in 2003, and he earned his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in materials science and engineering from North Carolina State University studying thin film science and electronic oxide materials.

Selected Publications

J. Zhao, M. D. Losego, P. C. Lemaire, P. S. Williams, B. Gong, S. E. Atanasov, T. M. Blevins, C. J. Oldham, H. J. Walls, S. D. Shepherd, M. A. Browe, G. W. Peterson, G. N. Parsons, “Enhanced growth of metal organic frameworks on polymer fiber mats using atomic layer deposition.” Advanced Materials Interfaces 1 (2014).

M. D. Losego, K. Hanson, “Stabilizing molecular sensitizers in aqueous environs.” Nano Energy. 2 1067 (2013).

A. K. Vannucci, L. Alibabaei, M. D. Losego, J. J. Concepcion, B. Kalanyan, G. N. Parsons, T. J. Meyer, “Crossing the divide between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis in water oxidation.” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 110 20918 (2013).

K. Hanson, M. D. Losego, B. Kalanyan, G. N. Parsons, and T. J. Meyer, “Stabilizing small molecules on metal oxide surfaces using atomic layer deposition.” Nano Letters. 13 4802 (2013).

M. D. Losego, I. P. Blitz, R. A. Vaia, D. G. Cahill, P. V. Braun, “Ultralow thermal conductivity in organoclay nanolaminates synthesized via simple self-assembly.” Nano Letters. 13 2215 (2013).

M. D. Losego, M. E. Grady, N. R. Sottos, D. G. Cahill, and P. V. Braun, “Effects of atomic bonding on heat transport across interfaces.” Nature Materials 11 502 (2012).

E. A. Paisley, M. D. Losego, B. E. Gaddy, A. L. Rice, R. Collazo, Z. Sitar, D. L. Irving, and J-P. Maria, “Surfactant-enabled epitaxy through control of growth mode with chemical boundary conditions” Nature Communications 2 461 (2011)

M. D. Losego, J. Guske, A. Efremenko, J-P Maria, and S. Franzen, “Characterizing the molecular order of phosphonic acid self-assembled monolayers on indium tin oxide surfaces.” Langmuir 27 11883 (2011).

L. C. H. Moh, M. D. Losego, and P. V. Braun, “Ellipsometric investigation on the effects of solvent quality on scaling behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate) brushes in the moderate and high density regimes.” Langmuir 27 3698. (2011).

M. D. Losego, A. Y. Efremenko, C. L. Rhodes, M. G. Cerruti, S. Franzen, J-P. Maria, “Conductive oxide thin films: Model systems for understanding and controlling surface plasmon resonance.” Journal of Applied Physics 106 024903 (2009).

M. Losego, J. Ihlefeld, J-P. Maria, “The importance of solution chemistry in preparing sol-gel PZT thin films directly on copper surfaces.” Chemistry of Materials. 20 303 (2008).

M. Losego, L. Jimison, J. Ihlefeld, J-P. Maria, “Ferroelectric response from lead zirconate titanate thin films prepared directly on low-resistivity copper substrates.” Applied Physics Letters. 86  172906 (2005).

Youjiang Wang


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MRDC-1 Room 4507

Dr. Youjiang Wang, a Professor of Polymer, Textile & Fiber Engineering, joined Georgia Tech faculty in 1989. His research interests include mechanics of composites, yarns, fabrics, and geotextiles; manufacturing processes and characterization of fibers, textiles and textile structural composites; and fiber recycling. Dr. Wang is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia, a Fellow of ASME and the Textile Institute, and a member of the Fiber Society.

Y. Wang, H.C. Wu and V.C. Li, "Concrete Reinforcement with Recycled Fibers ", Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2000, 314-319.

Y. Wang, "A Method for Tensile Test of Geotextiles with Confining Pressure", Journal of Industrial Textiles, Vol. 30, No. 4, 2001.

Y. Wang, “Mechanical Properties of Stitched Multiaxial Fabric Reinforced Composites From Manual Layup Process”, Applied Composite Materials, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2002, 81-97.

Qiu, Y., Wang, Y., Laton, M., and Mi, J. Z., "Analysis of Energy Dissipation in Twisted Fiber Bundles under Cyclic Tensile Loading",Textile Research Journal, Vol. 72, No. 7, 2002, 585-593.

X. Shao, Y. Qiu, and Y. Wang, “Theoretical Modeling of the Tensile Behavior of Low-twist Staple Yarns: Part I- Theoretical Model; Part II- Theoretical and Experimental Results”, Journal of the Textile Institute, Vol. 96, No. 2, 2005, 61-76.

Wenshan Cai

Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Pettit MiRC Bldg., Rm 213

Dr. Cai is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, with a joint appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining Georgia Tech in January 2012, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Stanford University. His scientific research is in the area of nanophotonic materials and devices, in which he has made a major impact on the evolving field of plasmonics and metamaterials.

Wenshan Cai and V. M. Shalaev, Optical Metamaterials: Fundamentals and Applications, ISBN: 978-1-4419-1150-6, Springer, New York, 2010.

S. Lan, L. Kang, D. T. Schoen, S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Cui, M. L. Brongersma, and Wenshan Cai, “Backward phase-matching for nonlinear optical generation in negative-index materials,” Nature Materials, Vol. 14, No. 8, 807-811 (2015).

L. Kang, S. Lan, Y. Cui, S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Liu, D. H. Werner, and Wenshan Cai, “An active metamaterial platform for chiral responsive optoelectronics,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 27, No. 29, 4377–4383 (2015).

S. P. Rodrigues and Wenshan Cai, “Nonlinear optics: Tuning harmonics with excitons,” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 10, No. 5, 387-388 (2015).

S. P. Rodrigues, Y. Cui, S. Lan, L. Kang, and Wenshan Cai, “Metamaterials enable chiral-selective enhancement of two-photon luminescence from quantum emitters,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 27, No. 6, 1124-1130 (2015).

L. Kang, Y. Cui, S. Lan, S. P. Rodrigues, M. L. Brongersma, and Wenshan Cai, “Electrifying photonic metamaterials for tunable nonlinear optics,” Nature Communications, Vol. 5, 4680 (2014).

S. P. Rodrigues, S. Lan, L. Kang, Y. Cui, and Wenshan Cai, “Nonlinear imaging and spectroscopy of chiral metamaterials,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 26, No. 35, 6157-6162 (2014).

Y. Cui, L. Kang, S. Lan, S. P. Rodrigues, and Wenshan Cai, “Giant chiral optical response from a twisted-arc metamaterial,” Nano Letters, Vol. 14, No. 2, 1021-1025 (2014).

W. Shin, Wenshan Cai, P. B. Catrysse , G. Veronis , M. L. Brongersma , and S. Fan, “Broadband sharp 90-degree bends and T-splitters in plasmonic coaxial waveguides,” Nano Letters, Vol. 13, No. 10, 4753-4758 (2013).

Wenshan Cai, “Viewpoint: Metal-coated waveguide stretches wavelengths to infinity (invited),” Physics, Vol. 6, No. 1, DOI: 10.1103/Physics.6.1 (2013).

F. Afshinmanesh, J. S. White, Wenshan Cai, and M. L. Brongersma, “Measurement of the polarization state of light using an integrated plasmonic polarimeter,” Nanophotonics, Vol. 1, No. 2, 125-129 (2012).

E. C. Garnett, Wenshan Cai, J. J. Cha, F. Mahmood, S. T. Connor, M. G. Christoforo, Y. Cui, M. D. McGehee, and M. L. Brongersma, “Self-limited plasmonic welding of silver nanowire junctions,” Nature Materials, Vol. 11, No. 3, 241-249 (2012).

Wenshan Cai, Y. C. Jun, and M. L. Brongersma, “Electrical control of plasmonic nanodevices,” SPIE Newsroom, DOI: 10.1117/2.1201112.004060 (2012).

J. S. Q. Liu, R. A. Pala, F. Afshinmanesh, Wenshan Cai, and M. L. Brongersma, “A submicron plasmonic dichroic splitter,” Nature Communications, Vol. 2, 525 (2011).

Wenshan Cai, A. P. Vasudev, and M. L. Brongersma, “Electrically controlled nonlinear generation of light with plasmonics,” Science, Vol. 333, No. 6050, 1720-1723 (2011).

Wenshan Cai and V. M. Shalaev, “Into the visible,” Physics World, Vol. 24, No. 7, 30-34 (2011).

I-K. Ding, J. Zhu, Wenshan Cai, S.-J. Moon, N. Cai, P. Wang, S. M. Zakeeruddin, M. Grätzel, M. L. Brongersma, Y. Cui, and M. D. McGehee, “Plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cells,” Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 1, No. 1, 52-57 (2011).

Wenshan Cai, W. Shin, S. Fan, and M. L. Brongersma, “Elements for plasmonic nanocircuits with three-dimensional slot waveguides,” Advanced Materials, Vol. 22, No. 45, 5120-5124 (2010).

Wenshan Cai and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics gets transformed,” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 5, No. 7, 485-486 (2010).

R. D. Kekatpure, E. S. Barnard, Wenshan Cai, and M. L. Brongersma, “Phase-coupled plasmon-induced transparency,” Physical Review Letters, Vol. 104, 243902 (2010).

J. A. Schuller, E. S. Barnard, Wenshan Cai, Y. C. Jun, J. S. White, and M. L. Brongersma, “Plasmonics for extreme light concentration and manipulation,” Nature Materials, Vol. 9, No. 3, 193-204 (2010).

L. Cao, P. Fan, A. P. Vasudev, J. S. White, Z. Yu, Wenshan Cai, J. A. Schuller, S. Fan, and M. L. Brongersma, “Semiconductor nanowire optical antenna solar absorbers,” Nano Letters, Vol. 10, No. 2, 439-445 (2010).

Wenshan Cai, J. S. White, M. L. Brongersma, “Compact, high-speed and power-efficient electrooptic plasmonic modulators,” Nano Letters, Vol. 9, No. 12, 4403-4411 (2009).

A. V. Kildishev, Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, and V. M. Shalaev, “Transformation optics: approaching broadband electromagnetic cloaking,” New Journal of Physics, Vol. 10, 115029 (2008).

U. K. Chettiar, S. Xiao, A. V. Kildishev, Wenshan Cai, H.-K. Yuan, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Optical metamagnetism and negative-index metamaterials,” MRS Bulletin, Vol. 33, No. 10, 921-926 (2008).

Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Designs for optical cloaking with high-order transformations,” Optics Express, Vol. 16, No. 8, 5444-5452 (2008).

V. P. Drachev, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, H.-K. Yuan, Wenshan Cai, and V. M. Shalaev, “The Ag dielectric function in plasmonic metamaterials,” Optics Express, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1186-1195 (2008).

Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, V. M. Shalaev, and G. M. Milton, “Nonmagnetic cloak with minimized scattering,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 91, 111105 (2007).

U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, H.-K. Yuan, Wenshan Cai, S. Xiao, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Dual-band negative index metamaterial: double-negative at 813 nm and single-negative at 772 nm,” Optics Letters, Vol. 32, No. 12, 1671-1673 (2007).

Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, A. V. Kildishev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Optical cloaking with metamaterials,” Nature Photonics, Vol. 1, No. 4, 224-227 (2007).

Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, H.-K. Yuan, V. C. de Silva, A. V. Kildishev, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Metamagnetics with rainbow colors,” Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 6, 3333-3341 (2007).

H.-K. Yuan, U. K. Chettiar, Wenshan Cai, A. V. Kildishev, A. Boltasseva, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, “A negative permeability material at red light,” Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1076-1083 (2007).

A. V. Kildishev, Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, H.-K. Yuan, A. K. Sarychev, V. P. Drachev, and V. M. Shalaev, “Negative refractive index in optics of metal-dielectric composites,” Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Vol. 23, No. 3, 423-433 (2006).

V. P. Drachev, Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, H.-K. Yuan, A. K. Sarychev, A. V. Kildishev, G. Klimeck, and V. M. Shalaev, “Experimental verification of an optical negative-index material,” Laser Physics Letters, Vol. 3, No. 1, 49-55 (2006).

Wenshan Cai, D. A. Genov and V. M. Shalaev, “Superlens based on metal-dielectric composites,” Physical Review B, Vol. 72, 193101 (2005).

V. M. Shalaev, Wenshan Cai, U. K. Chettiar, H.-K. Yuan, A. K. Sarychev, V. P. Drachev, and A. V. Kildishev, “Negative index of refraction in optical metamaterials,” Optics Letters, Vol. 30, No. 24, 3356-3358 (2005).

Robert Speyer


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Love 260

Dr. Speyer joined the MSE faculty in August, 1992 after serving on the faculty at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University for six years.  He has written one book (Thermal Analysis of Materials), with another one on the way, published over 125 refereed papers and has given over 150 technical presentations.  His present research group consists of seven graduate students and one Ph.D-level scientist. Dr.

Grad Students

Boron Carbide Armor

Boron carbide is of great importance to the military for lightweight personal armor, and has saved countless American lives in both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The armor plates used for this application are hot-pressed, preferred by the fact that ballistic performance is strongly related to a close approach to theoretical density, and the belief that B4C, as other refractory covalent ceramics, does not sinter well.

Research by Prof. Speyer and his students over the past five years have shown this belief to be false. Using a specially-built differential dilatometer capable of heating to well over 2500°C, in-situ measurements of contraction, CTE, weight loss, and particle size have permitted elucidation of the concurrent particle coarsening processes which attenuate the driving forces for sintering. This fundamental understanding permitted use of selected flowing atmospheres at specific temperatures, and a multi-step thermal schedule, which circumvents these coarsening processes, resulting in fired densities comparable to those obtained with hot pressing.

Beyond the economies associated with pressureless sintering, the great advantage of this development is the ability to cast and sinter dense parts of complex shape. The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick MA, as well as the Army Research Slip cast B4C green body thigh protection plate. Laboratory in Aberdeen MD have shown a great interest in this technology for their next-generation body armor, which is of a more contoured shape that cannot be formed by gang-hot pressing, as well as helmets and other body-part protection systems. More recently, pressureless-sintered specimens have been post-hot isostatically pressed to 100% of theoretical density, giving it a higher density and Vicker's hardness than commercially hot-pressed B4C, yet complex shapes can still be formed and retained. Slip casting and injection molding technologies have been developed in Dr. Speyer's laboratory to form B4C helmets and shin/thigh plates.
DARPA is funding Dr. Speyer's laboratory to develop pressureless sintering methods for nano-scale powders. [H. Lee, W. S. Hackenberger, and R. F. Speyer, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 85 [8] 2131-2133 (2002), H. Lee and R. F. Speyer, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 86 [9] 1468-1473 (2003), N. Cho, Z. Bao, and R. F. Speyer, J. Mat. Res., 20 [8] 2110 -16 (2005).]

Prior to the consolidation of the Ceramic, Metallurgical, and Polymer disciplines into Materials Science and Engineering, each undergraduate program entrusted classic texts to cover much of their curriculum—e.g. Kingery, Bowman, and Uhlmann's Introduction to Ceramics for Ceramists, Reed-Hill's Physical Metallurgy Principles for Metallurgists, and Rodriguiz's Principles of Polymer Systems for Polymer Scientists. To date, there is no textbook which evenly covers the combined undergraduate discipline of Materials Engineering, beyond the introductory level (e.g. books by Callister and Shackleford, which were generally written with non-materials majors as their primary audience). Materials Engineering is written with the care and patience to be the book of our discipline. This book will be important in a number of respects. Many of our prominent textbooks are out of, or going out of print, and are not being replaced by other books covering our core topics. Books that remain in print, by and large still follow the tracks of the three disciplines, imposing redundancy in presented concepts to MSE courses which follow them. With a merged curriculum, a variety of topics must be omitted to fit a four year program, which encouraged by the available textbooks, leads to choppy coverage. Materials Engineering carefully condenses and interrelates topics, so that from its efficient coverage, a breadth of topics remain well -treated as a logically-developing story. This, in turn, clears room in a curriculum for classes dealing with the cutting edge (nano and bio-materials), while a foundation based on the classical wisdom of our discipline is retained. These goals are facilitated by clear and vivid artwork, which imbue clarity with fewer words, decorating well-written chapters. The book would serve two purposes in an undergraduate curriculum. The first 5-6 chapters follow the perfection-to -imperfection progression popularly used in introductory materials texts, but in greater depth. These chapters would cover fewer topics than in the non-major course, but in great enough detail that they would not need to be repeated in courses later in the undergraduate program, in turn facilitating course consolidation. Chapters 7 nucleationthrough 11 are individually long chapters, each of which cover the major content of individual courses in the undergraduate program. This book will thus decrease the number of textbooks imposed on student budgets, and provide a friendly, unified and interconnected treatment of these topics as students work their way through the curriculum. It is expected that the book will be ready in about three years, and will have a significant impact on the Materials community.

Bridgman Crystal Growth

Dr. Speyer's group has designed and built two Bridgman single-crystal growth furnaces for TRS Ceramics for the fabrication of PMN single-crystal actuators. These actuators display ten times the displacement for a given voltage as compared to polycrystalline ceramics of the same composition. The system has sixteen independently controlled heating zones, permitting the implementation of exotic temperature gradients along the crucible, which is lowered and rotated using high-precision stepper motors. Fifty seven thermocouples are used for furnace feedback control and monitoring, including two thermocouples on the rotating stand in direct crucible contact, connected through rotary mercury contacts. The system is designed to pull crystals either by mechanical lowering (over a period of two weeks) or through morphing of the temperature profile. The software developed by Dr. Speyer has permitted a wide variety of optimization experiments to be undertaken. Based on development with these systems, TRS has been able to zone-melt single -crystal actuators so that large boules of uniform composition and hence properties may be formed. Dr. Speyer’s group has since designed a new Bridgman furnace for TRS which has a 12 mm melt zone, which will further advance the perfection and yield of these single crystals.

Thermal Analysis of Materials Textbook

This text/reference book is in its second printing, and is an essential text for the new owners of thermoanalytical instrumentation. The book bases its treatment on elementary physical chemistry, heat transfer, materials properties, and device engineering. It stands apart from other books in the field since it develops a fundamental intuition into the nuances of such instrumentation, rather than an serving as an enumeration of literature citations. The book starts with the basic concepts of heat flow, temperature measurement, furnace design, feedback control logic and electronics. The longest, and most detailed chapter follows on differential thermal analysis. It dispels much confusion about differential thermal analysis versus differential scanning calorimetry, and details the experimental methodology required to generate reproducible transformation temperatures, as well as thermodynamic and kinetic data purged of instrumental effects. The manipulation of data chapter shows how programming languages can be used to numerically differentiate, integrate, etc., thermoanalytical (and other) data. Chapters on thermogravimetry and advanced applications show how thermoanalytical data can be fit to phenomenological models to deconvolute superimposed reactions, and measure phase equilibria in multicomponent systems. The dilatometry/interferometry chapter develops topics for the most industrially relevant thermoanalytical instruments, used for thermal expansion matching of various components of a high-temperature system. The pyrometry and thermal conductivity chapters detail the radiative properties of materials at very high temperatures, and how this can be exploited for contactless temperature measurement. This treatment also fills an important gap in undergraduate engineering education, in which a great majority of undergraduate students study heat transfer calculations, but are less informed on how to perform heat transfer measurements, e.g. determining thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, and radiant emittance. [R. F. Speyer, Thermal Analysis of Materials, Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 1994.]

Radiant Efficiency of Gas Radiant Emitters

The articles which comprise this work describe the development of a one-of-a-kind evaluation facility, which was used to elucidate the necessary features of high efficiency gas radiant burners. These burners act as gas light bulbs—a fuel air mixture ignites just-downstream of a porous ceramic or refractory metal membrane, convecting heat to the solid surface which in turn radiates to a load. Using a fused silica capillary on a computer-controlled mobile stage feeding a quadrapole mass spectrometer, the flow rates and mixtures which encouraged flame liftoff could be clearly determined. Using a spectral radiometer and a numerical optimization routine, the temperatures and emittances of radiating surfaces could be accurately determined. By comparing the spectral emittance of CO2 combustion products and solid surfaces, the temperature differences between burner and exiting gas were determined, and used to explain the differences in efficiencies of a variety of commercial emitters. The role of flame support layers was divulged using specially-built burners with variable fraction closed areas. By comparing to heat transfer models, it was shown that these layers functioned to extract additional heat of combustion from exhaust gases, and increased efficiency up to the point where they excessively blocked direct radiation from the burner surface to the load. These papers displayed some excellent science, which at the same time has had direct and significant impact on the radiant burner industry, affecting emitter design and market share. [R. F. Speyer, W. Lin, and G. Agarwal, Experimental Heat Transfer, 8 [1] (1995), 9 213-245 (1996), 9 247-255 (1996).]

Rate Controlled Sintering

The concept of rate controlled sintering (RCS) was originally conceived by Palmour; furnace power is feedback controlled based on the sintering shrinkage rate of a powder compact. The significance of Dr. Speyer's work was in the development of instrumentation and software which purged experimental results of instrumental anomalies, so that the true merit of RCS could be proven. A purely radiant heating environment was used so that a much wider range of RCS schedules were possible. Dilation probe-induced specimen creep, residual sintering at the end of RCS, and thermocouple/ specimen temperature differences were eliminated by novel instrument design. Firing schedules to exacting sintered densities could be accomplished by in-situ software corrections for specimen dilation during sintering. Using pure ZnO as example, RCS was shown to form superior microstructures (minimum grain size and intragranular pore frequency) by following the most efficient thermal schedule required to achieve a desired level of densification—minimizing the time and thermal energy required for grain boundary movement. [G. Agarwal and R. F. Speyer, J. Mat. Res, 11 [3] 671-679 (1996).]

Three-Dimensional Rendering of Ternary Phase Equilibria

A software package was developed which generates a 3-dimensional ternary phase diagram representing liquidus, sub-liquidus, and solidus surfaces of the calcia-alumina-silica system, and allows user manipulation of the diagram to any selected viewpoint. A specific composition on the Gibbs triangle may be user selected, from which a rendering of the appropriate surfaces in the 3-dimensional object are rendered, as well as a user-interactive isoplethal study for that composition. A further feature is a movie-like continuously-changing rendering of isothermal sections with decreasing temperature. Both isoplethal studies and isothermal sections are user-interactive through the mouse position, generating compositions of phases and relative proportions at selected overall compositions and temperatures. The software functions as a powerful teaching tool in the visualization and understanding of ternary phase equilibria. When a description of the software was published in the American Ceramic Society Bulletin, over fifty requests for the software were immediately requested and provided. [R. F. Speyer, J. Phase Equilib., 17 [3] 186-195 (1996), Am. Ceram. Soc. Bull., 74 [11] 80-83 (1996)].

Deconvolution of Superimposed DTA/DSC Peaks

Deconvolution of superimposed x-ray diffraction peaks is an established and valuable procedure. In this paper, Dr. Speyer developed the mathematical models for fusion and decomposition reactions so that superimposed DTA/DSC endotherms could be deconvoluted using numerical optimization methods. In so doing, hidden onset temperatures, and the kinetic/thermodynamic parameters of parallel reactions can be elucidated using thermal analysis. [ R. F. Speyer, J. Mat. Res., 8 [3] 675-679 (1993).]

Fusion Paths of Complex Glass Batches with Reaction Accelerants

This work evaluated the reaction paths of five component glass batches (sand, soda ash, calcite, dolomite and feldspar) with reaction accelerants (e.g. NaCl). DTA traces of such batches have historically been of little use owing to their complexity. The merit of this work is the demonstrated methodology by which the individual reactions making up the trace could be elucidated using simultaneous thermal analysis (DTA and TG) of pairs, triples, etc. of batch constituents, x-ray diffraction, and deductive reasoning. The work showed the importance of dolomite in causing the first-formed liquid phase, and the local equilibria between the liquid phase and the sodium silicate phases surrounding remnant quartz. The glass industry has held this work in high regard, and is now an important procedure in their efforts to alter batch compositions to increase pull rates. [K. S. Hong and R. F. Speyer, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 76 [3] 598-604 (1993), 76 [3] 605-608 (1993), M. E. Savard and R. F. Speyer, J. Am. Ceram. Soc., 76 [3] 671-677 (1993).]

Vladimir Tsukruk

Regents' Professor

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Vladimir V. Tsukruk is a Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, a founding Director of Microanalysis Center, and founding co-director of DoD BIONIC Center of Excellence.  He received MS degree in physics from the National University of Ukraine, PhD in polymer science and DSc in chemistry from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He carried out his post-doc research at the U. Marburg, Darmstadt TU, and U. Akron.

  • Biologically Enabled and Bioinspired Materials
  • Polymers and Macromolecules
  • Nanomaterials and Nanoengineered Devices
  • Functional Electronic and Optical Materials
  • Multi-scale Structural & Chemical Characterization
  • Self-assembly of polymeric and organic films
  • Dendritic macromolecules as building blocks for organized assemblies
  • at functionalized interfaces
  • Star and hyperbranched polymeric assemblies at interfaces
  • Bio-hybrid and bio-inspired surface assemblies
  • Biomimetics and biological thermal sensing
  • Molecular lubricants for microelectromechanical systems
  • Nanotribology and nanomechanical properties of polymeric surfaces
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy of polymeric interfaces
  • Polymer surfaces and interfaces: nanostructures and nanoproperties
Refereed Journals and Proceeding Articles:
  1. V. V. Tsukruk, S. Singamaneni, Scanning Probe Microscopy of Soft Matter: Fundamentals and Practices, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2012, 661 pages
  2. C. R. Xiong, K. Hu, C. Lu, R. Ma, X. Zhang, V. V. Tsukruk, Braking the Banana Rule: Combining Strength, Toughness and Stretchability in Cellulose Nanocrystal-Graphene Oxide Nanomaterials, Adv. Mater., 2016, in print
  3. S. T. Malak, J. Jung, Y. J. Yoon, M. J. Smith, Chun Lin, Z. Lin, V. V. Tsukruk,, Large-area multicolor emissive patterns of quantum dot-polymer films via targeted recovery of emission signature, Adv. Optic. Materials, 2016, in print
  4. W. Xu, A. A. Steinschulte, F. A. Plamper, V. F. Korolovych, V. V. Tsukruk, Hierarchical Assembly of Star Polymer Polymersomes into Responsive Multicompartmental Microcapsules, Chem. Mater., 2016, in print
  5. S. Kim, M. Russell, D. Kulkarni, M. Henry, S. S. Kim, R. R. Naik, A. A. Voevodin, S. S. Jang, V. V. Tsukruk, A. G. Fedorov, Activating ‘Invisible’ Glue: Using Electron Beam for Enhancement of Interfacial Properties of Graphene-Metal Contact, ACS Nano, 2016, 10, 1042-1049.
  6. L. Tian, K. Liu, S. Cao, J. Geldmeier, M. Fei, V. V. Tsukruk, S. Singamaneni, Externally-triggered Electromagnetic Hotspots through Spontaneous Folding of Plasmonic Gel, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2016, in print
  7. K. Hu, R. Xiong, H. Guo, R. Ma, S. Zhang, Z. L. Wang, V. V. Tsukruk,, Self-Powered Electronic Skin with Bio-Tactile Ability, Adv. Mater. 2016, in print
  8. M. Chyasnavichyus, S. L. Young, R. Geryak, V. V. Tsukruk, Probing elastic properties of soft materials with AFM: data analysis for different tip geometries, Polymer, 2016, in print
  9. W. Xu, P. A Ledin, Z. Iatridi, C. Tsitsilianis, V. V. Tsukruk, Multicompartmental Microcapsules w6ith Orthogonal Programmable Two-way Sequencing of Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Cargo Release, Ang. Chem. 2016, in print
  10. J. Jung, C. H. Lin, Y. J. Yoon, S. T. Malak, Y. Zhai, E. L. Thomas, Z. V. Vardeny, V. V. Tsukruk, Z. Lin, Crafting Core/Graded Shell/Shell Quantum Dots with Suppressed Re-absorption and Tunable Stokes Shift as High Optical Gain Materials, Ang. Chem., 2016, in print
  11. Ye, V. V. Tsukruk, Designing two-dimensional materials that spring rapidly into three-dimensional shapes, Science, 2015, 347, 130.
  12. C. Ye, S. V. Nikolov, R. Calabrese, A. Dindar, A. Alexeev, B. Kippelen, D. L. Kaplan, V. V. Tsukruk,, Self-(un)rolling Biopolymer Microstructures: Rings, Tubules, and Helical Tubules from the Same Material, Angew. Chemie. 2015, 54, 8490.
  13. C. Hanske, M. Tebbe, C. Kuttner, V. Bieber, V. V. Tsukruk, M. Chanana, T. A. F. König, A. Fery, Strongly Coupled Plasmonic Modes on Macroscopic Areas via Template-Assisted Colloidal Self-Assembly, Nano Lett., 2014, 14, 68
  14. S. K. Hu, D. D. Kulkarni, I. Choi, V. V. Tsukruk, Graphene–Polymer Nanocomposites for Structural and Functional Applications, Prog. Polym. Sci., 2014, 39, 1934-1972.
  15. R. D. Geryak, V. V. Tsukruk, Reconfigurable and Actuating Structures from Soft Materials, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 1246-1263.
  16. S. Sheiko, J. Zhou, J. Boyce, D. Neugebauer, K. Matyjaszewski, C. Tsitsilianis, V. V. Tsukruk, J.-M. Y. Carrillo, A. V. Dobrynin, M. Rubinstein, Perfect mixing of immiscible macromolecules at fluid interfaces, Nature Mater., 2013, 12, 735-740.
  17. Drachuk, I.; O. Shchepelina, M. Lisunova, S. Harbaugh, N. Kelley-Loughnane, M. Stone, V. V. Tsukruk, pH-Responsive Nanoshells for Direct Regulation of Cell Activity, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 4266.
  18. J. T. Wilson, W. Cui, V. Kozlovskaya, E. Kharlampieva, D. Pan, Z. Qu, V. R. Krishnamurthy, J. Mets, V. Kumar, J. Wen, Y. Song, V. V. Tsukruk, E. L. Chaikof, Cell Surface Engineering with Polyelectrolyte Multilayer Thin Films, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 7054
  19. Shchepelina, O.; Drachuk, I.; Gupta, M. K.; Lin, J.; Tsukruk, V. V. Silk-on-Silk LbL Microcapsules, Adv. Mater., 2011, 23, 4655
  20. Cohen-Stuart, M. C.; Huck, W.; Genzer, J.; Müller, M.; Ober, C.; Stamm, M.; Sukhorukov, G.; Szleifer, I.; Tsukruk, V. V.; Urban, M.; Winnik, F.; Zauscher, S.; Luzinov, I.; Minko, S. Emerging Applications of Stimuli-responsive Polymer Materials. Nature Mater. 2010, 9, 101.
  21. R. W. Friddle, M. C. LeMieux, G. Cicero, A. B. Artyukhin, V. V. Tsukruk, J. C. Grossman, G. Galli, A. Noy, Single functional group interactions with individual carbon nanotubes, Nature Nanotech., 2007, 2, 692
  22. C. Jiang, V. V. Tsukruk, Free Standing Nanostructures via Layer-by-Layer Assembly, Adv. Mater. 2006, 18, 829-840.
  23. K. L. Genson, J. Holzmueller, M. Ornatska, Y.-S. Yoo, M.-H. Park, M. S. Lee, V. V. Tsukruk, Assembling of dense fluorescent supramolecular webs via self-propelled star-shaped aggregates, Nano Lett. 2006, 6, 435-440.
  24. M. C. LeMieux, M. McConney, Y.-H. Lin, S. Singamaneni, H. Jiang, T.J. Bunning, V. V. Tsukruk, Polymeric Nanolayers as Actuators for Ultra-Sensitive Thermal Bimorphs, Nano Lett., 2006, 6, 730-734.
  25. J.-H. Jang, C. K. Ullal1, T. Gorishnyy, V. V. Tsukruk, E. L. Thomas, Mechanically Tunable Three-Dimensional Elastomeric Network/Air Structures via Interference Lithography, Nano Lett. 2006, 6, 740-743.
  26. C. Jiang, M. E. McConney, S. Singamaneni, E. Merrick, Y. Chen, J. Zhao, L. Zhang, V. V. Tsukruk, Thermo-optical Arrays of Flexible Nanomembranes Freely Suspended over Microfabricated Cavities as IR Microimagers, Chem. Mater., 2006, 18, 2632-2634.
  27. H. Ko, V. V. Tsukruk, Liquid-crystalline processing of highly-oriented carbon nanotube arrays for thin film transistors, NanoLett. 2006, 6, 1443-1448.
  28. T. Choi, J.-H. Jang, C. K. Ullal, M. C. Lemieux, V. V. Tsukruk, E. L. Thomas, The elastic properties and plastic behavior of two-dimensional polymer structures fabricated with laser interference lithography, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2006, 16, 1324
  29. H. Shulha, C. Wong, D. L. Kaplan, V. V. Tsukruk, Unfolding the Multi-length Scale Domain Structure of Silk Fibroin Protein, Polymer, 2006, 47, 5821-5830.
  30. C. Jiang, W. Y. Lio, V. V. Tsukruk, Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Monitoring of Chain Alignment in Freely Suspended Nanomembranes, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2005, 95, 115503.
  31. Y.-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, H. Shulha, V. V. Tsukruk, In-situ Observation of Switchable Nanoscale Topography for Y-shaped Binary Brushes in Fluids, NanoLett. 2005, 5, 491-495.
  32. C. Jiang, S. Markutsya, H. Shulha, V. V. Tsukruk, Freely Suspended Gold Nanoparticles Arrays, Adv. Mater.2005, 17, 1669-1673.
  33. C. Jiang, H. Ko, V. V. Tsukruk, Strain Sensitive Raman Modes of Carbon Nanotubes in Deflecting Freely Suspended Nanomembranes, Adv. Mater., .2005, 17, 2127-2131.
  34. C. Jiang, B. M. Rybak, S. Markutsya, P. E. Kladitis, V. V. Tsukruk, Self-recovery of Nanocomposite Nanomembranes, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2005, 86, 121912.
  35. S. Markutsya, C. Jiang, Y. Pikus, V. V. Tsukruk, Free-standing multilayered nanocomposites films as highly sensitive nanomembranes, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2005,15, 771-780.
  36. H. Ko, C. Jiang, H. Shulha, V. V. Tsukruk Carbon nanotube arrays encapsulated into freely suspended flexible films, Chem. Mater., 2005, 17, 2490-2493.
  37. J. Holzmueller, K. L. Genson, Y. Park, Y.-S. Yoo, M.-H. Park, M. Lee, V. V. Tsukruk, Amphiphilic Tree-like Rods at Interfaces: Layered Stems and Circular Aggregation, Langmuir, 2005, 21, 6392-6398
  38. K. L. Genson, J. Holzmueller, I. Leshchiner, E. Agina, N. Boiko, V. P. Shibaev, V. V. Tsukruk, Organized Monolayers of Carbosilane Dendrimers with Mesogenic Terminal Groups, Macromolecules, 2005, 38, 8028-8035
  39. K. L. Genson, J. Holzmuller, O. F. Villacencio, D. V. McGrath, D. Vaknin, V. V. Tsukruk, Monolayers of Photochromic Amphiphilic Monodendrons: Molecular Aspects of Light Switching at Liquid and Solid Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 20393-20402.
  40. H. Ko, C. Jiang, V. V. Tsukruk, Encapsulating nanoparticle arrays into layer-by-layer multilayers by capillary transfer lithography, Chem. Mater. 2005, 17, 5489-5497.
  41. C. Jiang, S. Markutsya, Y. Pikus, V. V. Tsukruk, Freely Suspended Nanocomposite Membranes as Highly-Sensitive Sensors, Nature Mater.(Cover Story) 2004, 3, 721-728.
  42. V. V. Tsukruk, H. Ko, S. Peleshanko, Nanotube surface arrays: Weaving, bending, and assembling on patterned silicon, Phys. Rev. Let. 2004, 92, 065502.
  43. I. Luzinov, S. Minko, V. V. Tsukruk, Adaptive and Responsive Surfaces Through Controlled Reorganization Of Interfacial Polymer Layers, Prog. Polym. Sci. 2004,29, 635.
  44. C. Jiang, S. Markutsya, V. V. Tsukruk, Compliant, Robust, and Truly Nanoscale Free-Standing Multilayer Films Fabricated using Spin-Assisted Layer-by-Layer Assembly, Adv. Mater., 2004, 16, 157.
  45. A Kovalev, H. Shulha, M. Lemieux, N. Myshkin, V. V. Tsukruk Nanomechanical probing of layered nanoscale polymer films with atomic force microscopy, J. Mater. Res. 2004, 19, 716.
  46. H. Ko, S. Peleshanko, V. V. Tsukruk, Combing And Bending Of Carbon Nanotube Arrays With Confined Microfluidic Flow On Patterned Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem., 2004, 108, 4385-4393.
  47. M. Ornatska, K. N. Bergman, B. Rybak, S. Peleshanko, V. V. Tsukruk Nanofibers from functionalized dendritic molecules, Angew. Chem. 2004, 43, 5246-5249.
  48. S. Peleshanko, J. Jeong, R. Gunawidjaja, V. V. Tsukruk, Amphiphilic heteroarm PEO-b-PSm star polymers at the air-water interface: aggregation and surface morphology, Macromolecules, 2004, 37, 6511-6522.
  49. S. Peleshanko, J. Jeong, V. V. Shevchenko, K. L. Genson, Yu. Pikus, S. Petrash, V. V. Tsukruk, Synthesis and Properties of Asymmetric Heteroarmed PEOn-b-PSm Star Polymers, Macromolecules, 2004, 37, 7497-7506.
  50. S. Peleshanko, R. Gunawidjaja, J. Jeong, V. V. Shevchenko, V. V. Tsukruk,  Surface behavior of amphiphilic heteroarm star block copolymers with asymmetric architecture, Langmuir, 2004, 20, 9423-9427.
  51. H. Ko, Y. Pikus, C. Jiang, A. Jauss, O. Hollricher, V. V. Tsukruk, High Resolution Raman microscopy of curled carbon nanotubes, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2004, 85, 2598-2600.
  52. V. V. Tsukruk, H. Shulha, X. Zhai Nanoscale stiffness of individual dendritic molecules and their aggregates, Appl. Phys. Lett., 2003, 82, 907.
  53. M. Ornatska, S. E. Jones, R. R. Naik, M. Stone, V. V. Tsukruk, Biomolecular Stress-Sensitive Gauges: Surface-Mediated Immobilization of Mechanosensitive Membrane Protein, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 12722-12723
  54. H. Ahn, D. Julthongpiput, Doo-In Kim, V. V. Tsukruk, Dramatic enhancement of the tribological behavior of oil-enriched polymer gel nanolayers, Wear, 2003, 255, 801.
  55. D. Julthongpiput, Y-H. Lin, J. Teng, E. R. Zubarev, V. V. Tsukruk Y-shaped Amphiphilic Brushes with Switchable Micellar Surface Structures, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 15912-15921.
  56. V. Gorbunov, N. Fuchigami, M. Stone, M. Grace V. V. Tsukruk, Biological thermal detection: Micromechanical and microthermal properties of biological infrared receptors, Biomacromolecules, 2002, 3, 106.
  57. M. Lee, J.-W. Kim, Y.-S. Yoo, S. Peleshanko, K. Larson, D. Vaknin, S. Markutsya, V. V. Tsukruk Organization of Amphiphilic Molecular Disks with Branched Hydrophilic Tails and Hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene Core, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124, 9121.
  58. V. V. Tsukruk, Molecular Lubricants And Glues For Micro- and Nanodevices, Adv. Materials, 13, 95, 2001.
  59. N. Fuchigami, J. Hazel, V. V. Gorbunov, M. Stone, M. Grace, V. V. Tsukruk, Biological thermal detection. I: Ultra-microstructure of pit organs in infra-red imaging snakes, Biomacromolecules, 2, 757, 2001.


Books or Chapters of Books:
  1. V. V. Tsukruk, N. D. Spencer, Eds. Advances in Scanning Probe
  2. Microscopy of Polymers, Macromolecular Symposium, v. 167, 2001.
  3. V. V. Tsukruk, K. Wahl, Eds. Microstructure and Microtribology of Polymer Surfaces, ACS Symposium Series, v. 741,  2000.
  4. B. Ratner, V. V. Tsukruk, Eds. Scanning Probe Microscopy in Polymers, ACS Symposium Series, 1998, v. 694.
  5. V. V. Tsukruk, V. V. Shilov, Structure of Polymeric Liquid Crystals, Kiev:Naukova Dumka, 1990